India coach Rahul Dravid backed his bowlers after their defeat against Sri Lanka, saying they need to be patient with these young players. Sri Lanka beat India by 16 runs to level the three-game T20I series 1-1 at the MCA Stadium in Pune.

Speaking after the game, Dravid said no one wants to bowl extras, insisting that they will need to be patient with their younger players.

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“Nobody wants to bowl wides (no-balls) in any format. Especially in T20s, they can hurt you. We need to be patient with lot of these young kids. There are a lot of youngsters playing in this team, especially our bowling attack. They are young kids; they will have games like these at times,” said Dravid.

The former India batter said the players are working hard to improve, adding that it is important to create the right environment to get the best out of them.

“We all need to be patient with them and understanding. Of course, they are working hard and we keep trying to help them, support them technically and also just creating the right environment for them to be able to get the best out of their skills,” Dravid added.

He went on to say that the players have to learn on the job when it comes to international cricket.

“It’s tough. It’s not easy learning in international cricket and you have to learn on the job. The good thing is, with the focus on the ODI World Cup and the World Test Championship, at least in the T20Is, it gives us an opportunity to try out a lot of the younger guys,” said Dravid.